Australiaâ€™s leading helicopter producer, Australian Aerospace, will bid as prime contractor on the Australian Defence Forceâ€™s (ADF) Project AIR9000 Phase 7 Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) tender. The HATS program will provide an aircrew training capability for Army and Navy to meet the future rotary wing training needs of the ADF.
Australian Aerospace will offer an innovative, low risk and cost effective aircrew training solution based on parent-company Eurocopterâ€™s EC135 platform.
Dr Jens Goennemann, CEO Australian Aerospace announced the bid, highlighting: â€œAustralian Aerospaceâ€™s proposal will build on the Companyâ€™s training systems design capability, its extensive Australian civil and military aircraft support infrastructure and the superiority of the EC135, the industryâ€™s reference twin-engine training and light utility helicopter.â€
â€œAustralian Aerospace has a proud history of developing and implementing Army and Navy aircrew and technical training solutions for the ARH Tiger and MRH90 and has worked closely with Army to support the development of its pilot training framework. Our experience on these programs, coupled with the extensive training capabilities of the Eurocopter Group, allows us to provide the ADF with an optimised and effective training systemâ€ said Dr Goennemann.
Discussions are proceeding with a number of potential industry bid subcontractors.
More than 1000 EC135 aircraft are flying worldwide and have amassed over 2.2 million flight hours to date. The helicopter is used in many military training programs including by the German Army and Japanese Navy. In Australia, the Victorian and New South Wales police forces also operate the aircraft. The EC135 offers aircrew an ideal introduction to modern combat and multi-role helicopters including MRH90 and ARH Tiger.â€
â€œAustralian Aerospaceâ€™s bid maintains our Companyâ€™s commitment to long-term in-country support of the Australian Defence Force. If selected, we will offer a complete and comprehensive aircrew training capability for the long-haul, utilising our international experience to build on our local expertise and industrial footprintâ€, said Dr Goennemann.
About Australian Aerospace:
With more than 1100 staff in Australia and New Zealand, Australian Aerospace has access to the financial strength and expertise of Eurocopter and the EADS Group.
At its production facility on Brisbane Airport, Australian Aerospace is currently assembling and delivering 46 MRH90 multi-role helicopters for the Army and Navy and supporting 22 Tiger ARH armed reconnaissance helicopters for the Australian Army.
The company supports more than 300 Eurocopter helicopters in the Australia-Pacific region and is well positioned to deliver and support helicopters through a network of local facilities.
In addition to its helicopter capabilities, Australian Aerospace supports the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) AP-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft and C-130J Hercules transports. The company is also involved in supporting the RAAF’s new Airbus A330-based Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) aircraft and F/A18 (Classic) Hornet fighters.
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